Loop Gallery member Sandra Smirle and former member Yvonne Singer were selected to participate in this year's edition of Art Souterrain in Montréal.
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There are more than 120 projects from local, national and international contemporary artists, spread across 14 zones of Montreal’s underground, over a network of 7 km. Art Souterrain's invited city for 2013 is Barcelona.
The show runs until March 17th and is offering both free guided tours and a free downloadable audio guide made available through the iPhone.
Sous-Bois, laser cut birch plywood. 30" x 30', 2013
Sous-bois explores geographies of otherness by transforming maps and aerial images into laser-cut drawings. A labyrinth is not always a series of alternate paths and dead ends; it may consist of a single path winding towards the centre and out again. In a world of pervasive monitoring, where choices are limited and influenced by the awareness of surveillance, one may find one’s way into the “sous-bois” - on a journey originating in an urban maze of ceaseless scrutiny and winding towards the centre of an obscure underground labyrinth.
Sandra Smirle is a mixed media artist who uses aerial maps to create laser cut drawings. Her work explores how new technologies impact the way we view our world. Her piece is a survey about seeing and being seen.
Currently, she is a MFA Candidate at Concordia University in Montréal.
The Game of Life: 1 step forward, 10 steps backwards, vinyl floor piece, 2013
Inspired by Milton Bradley « The Checkered Game of Life » (1860), the Toronto base artist, Yvonne Singer is proposing for Art Souterrain 2013 her interpretation of the theme of labyrinth, the idea of life and politics as a board game that are filled with obstacles we have to navigate. The Game of Life board game is marked with some of the political hotspots/conflicts in the world. The participants will navigate the path on the floor, following instructions to move forward to a safe spot or backwards to a hot spot.
Yvonne Singer is an Associate Professor at York University. Her installation works employ multi-media techniques, often with cryptic texts, to articulate cultural issues of disjuncture and perception. She is particularly interested in the intersection of public and private histories.